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The Wrath of the Lamb

When Jesus returns, those who love and fear God will not find His wrath terrifying.

By Betsy Mayer

An incident with one of my best friends helped me understand the role of love in godly fear. She was my college roommate and possessed a rare sweetness. One day I broke a rule of trust with her. Because I was worried that her boyfriend was manipulating her, I read their private correspondence, something we had promised each other we would never do. In my immaturity I had thought that this might help me to protect her. 

When she discovered this, her disappointment and sense of betrayal were so keen that I experienced the deepest anguish I had known to that point in my young life. It was my first experience of seeing how hurting someone I loved could also hurt me. I would have preferred her anger rather than her anguish.

She forgave me, but I grieved the pain I caused her and it gave me a healthy

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Betsy Mayer is the managing editor for Last Generation